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Into Botswana

De­pend­ing on where your jour­ney starts, you’ll need a day or two to reach Botswana. If you’re de­part­ing from Pre­to­ria, though, you can be at Wood­lands Stop Over near Fran­cis­town (650 km) be­fore dark on your first day. Use the Grob­ler’s Bridge bor­der post (tar) or the small Stock­poort bor­der (qui­eter, but there’s a gravel road on the other side). Plan B: If you’re driv­ing from Cape Town, go through Namibia in­stead of Botswana. Join our itin­er­ary again on Day 4. High­light: Tonight you braai with mopane wood! Stay here: Wood­lands Stop Over wood­lands­

DAY 2–3 Kasane, Botswana (484 km)

Push through to Kasane. When you’re there, take a breather: Go on a sun­set cruise on the Chobe River or drive through Chobe Na­tional Park. High­lights: Ele­phants! G&Ts! Stay here: Chobe Sa­fari Lodge chobe­sa­far­ Thebe River Sa­faris the­beriver­sa­ Seny­ati Sa­fari Camp seny­ati­sa­fari­camp­ Kubu Lodge kubu­

DAY 4–5 Zam­bezi River, Namibia (128 km)

Big rivers like the Zam­bezi are ma­jor at­trac­tions on this itin­er­ary – make the most of them. From Kasane, cross into Namibia at Ngoma Bridge and head to Ka­tima Mulilo. ( You can also cross into Zam­bia at Kazun­gula Ferry – see the info box.) Down­stream from Ka­tima you’ll find sev­eral ex­cel­lent places to en­joy the Zam­bezi. High­lights: Search for a Pel’s fish­ing owl or try your luck with a tiger fish. Stay here: Caprivi House­boat Sa­fari Lodge capriv­i­house­boat­sa­ Zam­bezi Mubala Lodge gond­wana-col­lec­ Caprivi Mu­toya Lodge capriv­imu­toy­

DAY 6 Zam­bezi River, Zam­bia (64 km)

Cross into Zam­bia at Sesheke and take the quiet tar road along the Zam­bezi north to Kab­ula Lodge. High­light: An­other night on the banks of the Zam­bezi! Stay here: Kab­ula Lodge kab­u­

DAY 7– 8 Ka­fue Na­tional Park, Zam­bia (580 km)

Start driv­ing at day­break and en­joy a late break­fast at Sioma Falls (Ngonye). Con­tinue north along the tar to Mongu then turn east to­wards the Ka­fue River. Spend one night at Kasabushi Camp west of the river and an­other at Mayukuyuku Bush Camp just east of the river. High­lights: Look for wild dogs and see a species of an­te­lope you wouldn’t have seen in SA – the puku. Stay here: Kasabushi Camp kasabushi.word­ Mayukuyuku Bush Camp

DAY 9 Mkushi, Zam­bia (480 km)

Drive east to Mumbwa then take the gravel road to Land­less Cor­ner, where you’ll re-join the Great North­ern Road north of Lusaka. This way you cut out the busy city traf­fic. Have lunch at Fig Tree Café out­side Kabwe, then turn east at Kapiri Mposhi to­wards Mkushi un­til you see the For­est Inn next to the road. It’s a long day’s drive: Get go­ing at first call of the fish ea­gle. High­light: The beef burger at Fig Tree Café is a win­ner. Stay here: For­est Inn forestinn-zam­

DAY 10 – 11 Muti­nondo Wilder­ness, Zam­bia (325 km)

Turn off the tar and visit the pretty Kun­dalila Falls. You’re stay­ing at Muti­nondo Wilder­ness for the next two nights. When you get there you’ll see why we rec­om­mend this place: It’s a clas­sic hide­away in a unique land­scape. High­light: Use your day off to go hik­ing. On a long tour like this you don’t often get the chance to stretch your legs. Stay here: Muti­nondo Wilder­ness muti­non­dozam­

DAY 12 –13 Kapishya Hot Springs, Zam­bia (216 km)

From Muti­nondo, con­tinue along the Great North­ern Road, past Mpika (fill up) and on to Kapishya Hot Springs. Chill out here for a day – there’s some hard driv­ing ahead. High­light: Do the deca­dent thing and wal­low in the hot springs while sip­ping a Mosi Lager. Stay here: Kapishya Hot Springs shi­wasa­

DAY 14 Kalungu River, Zam­bia (290 km)

Drive back to the tar road and con­tinue to­wards the Tun­duma bor­der post with Tan­za­nia. Sleep in Zam­bia, though, so you get to Tun­duma first thing in the morn­ing. (Also see the info box on page 34 about a qui­eter bor­der post op­tion.) High­light: Be­tween Kapishya and the tar road, pop into Shiwa Ngandu, an im­pres­sive old coun­try es­tate. Stay here: King’s High­way Kalungu king­shigh­

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